The CDSSA cordially invites you to attend…
You and anyone you wish to bring along are welcome to attend a historical tour
of the 19th century patient built asylum boundary walls located at the
present-day Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 1001 Queen Street
The purpose of this tour is to remember the contributions of the women and men
who lived, worked, and died in the Toronto Asylum for the Insane, as is
represented by the boundary walls that they built which stand as an endu
ring testament to their abilities, and to use the past to challenge
discrimination experienced today by people who have a psychiatric history.
This tour is wheelchair accessible.
TIME: Friday, November 23 from 1 to 2:30 PM.
LENGTH OF TOUR: Approximately 90 minutes hours.
MEETING PLACE: Meet at 1 PM at the SOUTH-WEST corner of Queen and Shaw Streets
by the historical plaque near the streetlight. If you arrive late and the tour
has already started, go along the length of the wall (east-south-west) and look
for the tour as it proceeds along the boundary wall.
TRANSPORTATION: Take the Queen Street streetcar WEST from the OSGOODE Subway
Station to the corner of Queen and Shaw (or east if coming from the opposite
direction along Queen Street).
The OSSINGTON 63 bus can also be taken SOUTH from the Ossington station to Queen
and Shaw Streets, right by the historical plaque.
Pay parking is also available in a parking lot which is just off Shaw Street as
well as on surrounding streets.
The wall tour is open to everyone interested so please bring along anybody you
would like to invite.
Please note: since the tour is on the grounds of a mental health facility, in
order to respect people’s privacy, we will not be going into the buildings.
Since the wall tour will be held during a weekday, please be careful of
automobiles on the site during the wall tour.
The wall tour is entirely outside so please dress appropriately, including warm
footwear (running shoes are not a good idea).
You can also read more about the history of the patient built wall on the
Psychiatric Survivor Archives web site: